The Billionaire Plant Becomes a Stronghold of Resistance in Mariupol

Rinat Akhmetov is the richest and most influential person in Ukraine.  In 2022 his fortune amounted to about 5 billion dollars. Even though it was over $10 billion a year ago. This is the result of a full-scale invasion of the territory of Ukraine by the aggressor country, the Russian Federation. The billionaire was born in the family of a miner in Donetsk region,. Many enterprises in this region belongs to the businessman.

Akhmetov owns a huge holding company Metinvest, operating in mining and metallurgical industries, with production facilities located in Mariupol and Avdiivka. The factories were badly damaged as a result of heavy shelling by the Russian occupiers. In addition, the businessman owns the energy company DTEK, which provides electricity to at least a third of the population of Ukraine. DTEK also suffered damages from shelling.

It is worth noting the fact that Metinvest’s Azovstal became a shelter and the last hope for survival for many people in the seized Mariupol. This is true because the city was destroyed and soldiers of the Russian armed forces continued to shell the plant despite the fact that there were many civilians with children. Rinat Akhmetov is very proud that Azovstal became a stronghold of resistance to the enemy in the port city https://www.letemps.ch/monde/rinat-akhmetov-suis-fier-quazovstal-soit-bastion-resistance-marioupol. The soldiers of special regiment Azov fought to the last ditch, defending  the plant until the evacuation. In total, the plant housed more than 2,000 soldiers in Ukraine. People surrounded by the enemy died not only from shelling but also from hunger, thirst, and wounds because it became impossible to provide proper medical care. The Kremlin was able to cover up its crimes only by talking about the denazification of the population, although it is clear that there are no Nazis in Ukraine.

Today, the coal magnate has a strong public position regarding the Russian-Ukrainian war. He strongly condemned terrorism against his country. He called on Russia to immediately lay down its arms and leave the territory of a sovereign State. At the same time, the businessman insists that the legal borders should be restored, where Ukraine should gain back the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, as well as Crimea.

Now the billionaire believes that a happy Ukraine can only be in unity, as the whole nation. Starting from February 24, 2022, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and its companies has been providing humanitarian aid to millions of Ukrainian refugees and victims. And despite the fact that the businessman owns real estate in France and UK, he still continued to live in Kyiv, even when the situation was really dangerous.

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